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Seattle: Basalt Ridge Trail

This 8.5-mile ridgeline hike offers astounding views, two summit options, and a late-summer treat of wild huckleberries and wildflowers.

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\”Facing North on Basalt Ridge\” by trailspotter.com is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Climb north from the Basalt Ridge trailhead, passing huge old growth Douglas firs as squirrels chatter above. Go right at the first intersection on the well-signed Basalt Ridge Trail. Optional: Go left to tag Basalt Peak on a 2.2-mile side trip. 

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\”Views from Basalt Peak\” by trailspotter.com is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Go straight at the next intersection. The trail becomes fainter as you follow the ridgeline through lodgepole pines, firs, and occasional cedars, with views between the trees over Rock Creek Valley and Glacier Peak to the west. Scout the trailside for huckleberries in the summer.

Continue north when you reach the pass, where blue gentians bloom in late summer. Bypass the heavily used trail that leads to the lower meadows and campsites, continuing to follow the ridgeline instead. Wide panoramas of the Glacier Peak Wilderness open up all around as you climb, spreading from Devil’s Smokestack to Entiat Mountain. Turn right at the next junction to reach the summit of Garland Peak (2 miles round trip), or head back after taking in the earlier ridgeline views. Retrace your steps to the trailhead.

Permit A recreation pass is required for parking at the trailhead Contact Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest